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Happy Bastille Day!
I have to say, it was quite considerate of the French to rise up and storm the Bastille 222 years ago so I could have the opportunity to celebrate one of my favorite episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Now, I know what you're thinking. That's crazy. 'Bastille Day' is really one of your favorite episodes? It is indeed.

Before 'Bastille Day', I liked Battlestar Galactica and Lee Adama. Then, over the course of an hour, along with a confluence of events, the like evolved into full blown love. Love of the show, the character and a certain actor. Not to mention, an OTP was born. Yes, while everyone else was talking about Lee and Kara, I was in my little corner of fandom obsessing over Lee and Laura (and still do).

Perhaps most significantly, after the episode ended, I went to IMDB to see what else this Jamie Bamber fella had starred in. And spent months (years in the case of Peak Practice) tracking down his work. I think we all know how that obsession turned out. ;)

So, on this very special day, I'm choosing to be more than a little self-indulgent and share my love of 'Bastille Day'. Originally, I planned to highlight the four moments which led me to become the fan I am today. However, once I started capping and was reminded just how gorgeous Jamie looked in this episode, I ended up covering pretty much all of his scenes. Still, I gave special attention to the special four moments that altered my fandom life.





When last we left the fleet, the water supply was nearly depleted. Rationing was in effect. Fights were breaking out. And death by dehydration was a real possibility. But, good news, the fleet's resident secret sleeper Cylon (AKA Boomer) found a moon full of ice. The only Problem was said ice needed to be broken up, melted and hauled up to the Galactica. The job would require roughly a thousand men. Where to find these men? Hey, the Astral Queen is full of convicts!

Adama, Roslin, Billy and Lee meet in Adama's quarters to discuss using the men as labor. Adama is all for using the convicts since the work is too hard for the average member of the fleet. Roslin is adamant she will not utilize slave labor. Lee suggests they offer the men incentives, points towards earning their freedom. Adama is quick to cut him off - "Excuse me? You wanna start releasing hardened criminals into the fleet?" Lee points out some of the men were on their way to Caprica for parole hearings at the time of the attacks, so why not give them a chance to prove themselves? Roslin sides with her wanna be boyfriend military adviser.



Seriously. Look at how she's looking at him.


Adama grudgingly goes along with the plan, but wants a representative from Galactica to tag along. Someone who will report directly to him regarding security issues. Oh, snap! Lee is NOT happy that his father just dissed him like that in front of his wannabe girlfriend.



See. Not a happy face.



Nope, still not happy.



The Adamas can really hold a grudge.


Lee and Adama do the walk and talk as Adama heads to the CIC. Lee asks his dear, old, embittered dad if he has something he wants to say to him. Adama spits out he has nothing to say to the personal representative of the President. Lee points out he also happens to be the Galactica's lead pilot. Adama has nothing to say to him either.

Adama: Every man has to decide for themselves which side they're on.
Lee: I didn't know we were picking sides.
Adama: That's why you haven't picked one yet.

Yes, we will learn it's all about sides with Adama. You're either on his or out in the cold. Worst. Father. EVER.



The Lee Adama Bitch Face. Not seen since the mini. If Lee hoped things were getting better, well, keep hoping, Lee.


Lee heads to the Astral Queen with Billy, Dee and Cally. Lee presents his offer to the men, assuming they'll jump at the chance to get out of their cells and maybe, eventually, be free to.....live on another cramped ship. No one budges. Finally, a lone figure steps out of his cell. It's Apollo 1.0!




Apollo 1.0 and Apollo 2.0 sit down for a chat. Lee tries to schmooze Apollo 1.0 Zarek by telling him he read his book in college. Which was banned! Lee seems to think this will make him look radical and edgy to the radical, edgy guy. Me: "Seriously? Oh, Lee, you're so cute!"

While Lee's busy reliving his (to him) crazy college years, the guards are being knocked out and his team is being taken hostage. This leads to Moment No. 1 as to why I fell, hard, for Captain Lee Adama.



Fight! Insane Fight!


To this day, I remember watching Lee stand up in the cell and thinking, "Oh, no way is he going to take on twenty guys by himself. OK, he's actually going to take on twenty guys by himself. Huh!" There was no way he was going to win the fight. Even with the Arms of Apollo. I'm pretty sure he knew it too. But he still went charging in to do.....something. Even if it was a battle he knew he would lose. It was crazy, ridiculous and foolhardy. Yet, also brave and really hot. ;)



Does Lee Adama have to choke a bitch?



And given Lee is technically in prison. And looks like Jamie Bamber. This REALLY doesn't look good.


When next we see Lee, he's out cold, but not dead! That's good. Slowly he comes to and loses the jacket. Either because he was hot or he thought the arms might serve as a distraction. It works on me. Often. What was I saying?



How can anyone look this good beat up and unconscious?



It's not natural.



Oh, and he also has to go and pull out that boyish, full of innocence, look.


With puppy dog eyes, Lee explains to Zarek they (Adama and Roslin) won't negotiate as long as he's holding hostages. Zarek goes on some spiel about not wanting to negotiate. His desire is for he and his fellow prisoners to be treated like men and not animals. He also wants to talk about Adama Sr. And thus begins four seasons of Zarek playing Lee. Lee Adama: not always good at reading people.

The fishing expedition by Zarek includes asking Lee how he became the personal representative of the President (not THAT way - unfortunately) and how Roslin and his father get along. Lee, like any good captive soldier, continues to point out there will be no negotiating with terrorists.



And also continues to look ridiculously pretty for a man who just had his ass kicked.



Zarek tries to reason with Lee. Lee finds listening to terrorists just as taxing as taking on twenty convicts.


Zarek's tangent includes how no one voted for Laura Roslin as president, yet she's making decisions for everyone. How dare she! That's not how a democracy operates! And who cares that the Cylons just attacked twelve days ago. And nearly wiped out the human race. And that they are still running for their lives. Dammit, they need to have an election right NOW!



Do you hear what you are saying???



I don't want my slash goggles on here, but, yeah this heated exchange appears a little slashy.


As Zarek's goading of Lee continues, he decides to prod him about his call sign, Apollo. Zarek points out Apollo is one of the gods (Duh) and that he must be a very special man to be called a god (Again, DUH). Lee states it's just a stupid nickname. Finally, Zarek manages to strike a nerve.

Zarek: Son of Zeus. Good with a bow, god of the hunt...and also a god of healing. Now, a god can reconcile those two opposing forces. But a mortal has to pick one side or the other. Have you picked a side, Apollo?

Wow. He shoots! He scores! He makes me wonder if he has the Galactica bugged! Or Cylon Frenemies!

Eventually, as Zarek rambles on about truth, justice and the Colonial way, Lee realizes Zarek wants the troops they all know Adama is sending to storm the ship. He doesn't want elections or freedom. He wants a bloodbath. He wants to go out in a blaze of glory because a lot of people forgot about Tom Zarek during his twenty years in prison and there are even fewer people left to forget about him now.



Still Pretty!


As Lee has his epiphany, one of Zarek's men runs in to say there is a BIG problem. Mason, a guy who had been menacing Cally, has taken her away from the others to, well, you can guess what he wanted to do to her. But she fought back (by biting off his ear - go Cally!) and, in return, he shot her. Zarek and Lee dash off to try to stop the situation from getting even more out of control.

At the cell where Mason is holding a badly injured Cally, accusations fly between Lee and Zarek with Zarek claiming they were made into monsters by being put into cages. (Me: "Or you were put into cages because you were monsters? You did kill people in a terrorist attack.")

With Cally on the verge of being killed, Lee springs into action and in one awesome move (that was sadly impossible to cap) attacks a guard, takes his gun and shoots Mason.



The best cap I could get of Action!Lee being awesome.


Then Lee turns the gun on Zarek, leading to Moment No. 2 for me.



I hate guns, but Lee with a gun? Hot!


Lee: How 'bout it, Tom? You still have a death wish? You ready to leave this world, right here, right now?
Zarek: Yes.
Lee: Too bad. 'Cause this is what you're gonna do: you're gonna tell your men to help us get that water off the moon. They're gonna work for their points, and they're gonna earn their freedom, and then...then you're gonna get your elections.
Zarek: What?
Lee: 'Cause you're right, Tom. You were right about democracy and consent of the people. I believe in those things and we're gonna have 'em. And you can have 'em too. Or you can have this bullet. Your call.

OMG, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! The hero giving the bad guy what he wants? When does that happen on TV?! So, we have Lee being awesome and hot and noble and contradicting the rules of TV drama. How could I not adore this scene and fall just a little harder for Lee and the show?




After saving the day - or at least some lives - Lee journeys to Colonial One to inform his father and the President about the deal he's made with Zarek and the rest of the prisoners. And we have Moment No. 3 as to why I find Lee Adama so frakkin' awesome.




Roslin: You've committed me to holding elections within the year.
Lee: Madam President, with respect, you're serving out the remainder of President Adar's term. When that term is up in seven months, the law says there's an election. I only committed you to obeying the law. Roslin: You are not authorized to make any deal...
Adama: You sound like some kind of a lawyer... (Me: HEE! Who Knew?!)
Lee: I swore an oath. To defend the articles. The articles say there's an election in seven months. Now, if you're telling me we're throwing out the law, then I'm not a Captain, you're not a Commander and you are not the President. And I don't owe either of you a damned explanation for anything. (Me: LOVE!)
Roslin: He's your son.
Adama: He's your adviser.
Roslin: An election.
Adama: (to Apollo) I guess you finally picked your side. (to Roslin) Madam President. (leaves)



Mutual Death Glare





And Lee gets exactly the reaction he expected.


There is just SO MUCH AWESOME in Lee's speech. And, yes, I know I'm totally abusing the use of awesome, but I do not care. He's schooling the President and the Commander of the fleet - who is also his father. This is where Lee establishes himself as a man of principle. Frak the consequences. And sometimes it bites him in the ass, personally and professionally, but there's just something so damn admirable about what he's trying to do. In a society that is just barely holding on by an unraveling thread, he wants to maintain the rule of law and preserve democracy. He wants everyone to remember who and what they were before the Cylons tried to wipe humanity from existence.

Now, for Moment No. 4, the moment that not only sealed my love for Lee, but pushed me from thinking Lee and Laura were interesting together to being a full-fledged shipper. They still remain my OTP.

For some reason, Lee stays on board Colonial One much longer than he needed to and decides he has to drop by Laura's quarters to say goodbye.



Lee's surprised to find the President in a nightgown and robe. In her quarters. Late at night. Yeah. Sure. Whatever.



And he looks all shy and bashful and embarrassed...



...but it doesn't prevent him from following her into her quarters.



Or force him to maintain eye contact.


Lee: I just wanted to say goodbye before I head back to Galactica. And to tell you, I hope you understand I wasn't being disloyal, madam President.
Laura: I understand, you're upholding the law. I admire it.
Lee: I believe in you...and what you're doing. And, for what it's worth, seven months from now, you'll have my vote.
Laura: Could you sit? There's something I need to tell you. (Me: "Or, ya know, you could show him!)
Laura: The truth is, I might not be here in seven months.
Lee: Are you planning a vacation?



OMG, the smiles! They kill me!



Yet, quickly, Lee learns never to joke again.


Laura: I wish. I told your father that I... had allergies, but I have cancer. I found out the morning of the attack.
Lee: I'm so sorry, madam President. I...I don't know what to say.
Laura: I understand. I'm going to fight this, but there is a great need for secrecy.
Lee: Of course.
Laura: Whether or not I survive this illness, it is of great importance to me that there's a future for the people. And I fear that knowledge of my illness will erode hope, so this has to stay between you and me.
Lee: You can count on me.
Laura: I know I can... you're Captain Apollo.




Lee he realizes he walked right into that.


There's just so many reasons to love this scene between the two. First, the smiles! They both have such fabulous, joyful smiles and we really had so few opportunities to see them over the course of the series. And after the events of '33' and 'Water', they really needed a little levity. But it's SO short lived. Laura knows her health will deteriorate and it's very likely she won't survive long enough to see the election. However, Laura being Laura, she will fight and do everything in her power to be there for her people. She needs allies. People she can trust. Lee, in the moments after they met ("The lady's in charge.") established himself as such a person. Unfortunately, it's just one more burden he'll have to bare. And one more person he cares about he may lose. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jamie is incredible at conveying Lee's emotions without words. Lee allows himself a moment to joke, to breath, and he's rewarded with devastation. It's clear it's hard for him to hold it together. I don't think the tears he holds back are just for her. He's yet to have an opportunity to grieve and now he's being hit with losing someone else close to him. ::wibble::




While all but two screencaps were made my moi (See! French in honor of the day! ;), I have to give credit to Sadgeezer.com for the transcribed bits. Since this was a last minute idea of mine, I had to cut corners where I could. I appreciate the assist. :)

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anamarya From: anamarya Date: July 14th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
this was supposed to be a "waw, nice idea" kind of a post and turned out to be this monster

"That's crazy. 'Bastille Day' is really one of your favorite episodes? It is indeed.
mine also

think we all know how that obsession turned out. ;)

we kind of do and also are grateful for it

Seriously. Look at how she's looking at him. well, she did tend to look like that. i think that if Laura would have lived in this century she would have been one of us

Yes, we will learn it's all about sides with Adama. You're either on his or out in the cold. Worst. Father. EVER. hehe... at least i'm not the only one thinking that. he wants Lee to take sides and then he isn't happy when that happens.

Lee heads to the Astral Queen with Billy, Dee and Cally. my mission for this week was to find a reason for those 3 to be on the Astral Queen. it was a failure.

"Oh, no way is he going to take on twenty guys by himself. OK, he's actually going to take on twenty guys by himself. Huh!" well, that is a normal reaction to that. i still got glimpses of it after so many rewatches of this particular episode.

he thought the arms might serve as a distraction. It works on me. Often. What was I saying? ok, seriously can this comment get better?

How dare she! That's not how a democracy operates! And who cares that the Cylons just attacked twelve days ago. And nearly wiped out the human race. And that they are still running for their lives. Dammit, they need to have an election right NOW! apparently it can (get better i mean)


I don't want my slash goggles on here, but, yeah this heated exchange appears a little slashy.
i don't like that (the slashy thing i mean) usually but i can make an exception for Apollo 1.0 and Apollo 2.0 (i just love the way that you referred to then as that)


Zarek: Son of Zeus. Good with a bow, god of the hunt...and also a god of healing. Now, a god can reconcile those two opposing forces. But a mortal has to pick one side or the other. Have you picked a side, Apollo?
is this guy connected to Adama in some way of what?

I hate guns, but Lee with a gun? Hot! ahammmmm.. and if that makes me a hypocrite who cares? he's still hot.

The hero giving the bad guy what he wants? When does that happen on TV?! So, we have Lee being awesome and hot and noble and contradicting the rules of TV drama. How could I not adore this scene and fall just a little harder for Lee and the show? you couldn't. because if simply IMPOSSIBLE.

Lee: I swore an oath. To defend the articles. The articles say there's an election in seven months. Now, if you're telling me we're throwing out the law, then I'm not a Captain, you're not a Commander and you are not the President. And I don't owe either of you a damned explanation for anything. (Me: LOVE!) one of my favorite lines ever. (including your addition)

Lee's surprised to find the President in a nightgown and robe. In her quarters. Late at night. Yeah. Sure. Whatever. really.... who does that?

Laura: I know I can... you're Captain Apollo. THIS kills me every time.

before trying to actually end this post i;ll say that another favorite of mine form this episode is the "he;s your son"/"he's your adviser" exchange. they're like divorced parents disapproving the same thing in their kid.

Jamie is incredible at conveying Lee's emotions without words. Lee allows himself a moment to joke, to breath, and he's rewarded with devastation. It's clear it's hard for him to hold it together. I don't think the tears he holds back are just for her. He's yet to have an opportunity to grieve and now he's being hit with losing someone else close to him. ::wibble:: I Love this part of your post. the whole thing was just made of awesome but this is just.... WAW

so, the promised end: Merci beaucoup, mademoiselle!


Edited at 2011-07-14 03:09 pm (UTC)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 16th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (Link Me)
this was supposed to be a "waw, nice idea" kind of a post and turned out to be this monster

Hey! I know how that is! ;)

he wants Lee to take sides and then he isn't happy when that happens.

As much as I hated the way Adama treated his son, he was an equal opportunity jackass who treated EVERYONE he supposedly loved badly. Yes, he's all, "You need to choose a side. Oh, wait. You didn't choose mine? Well, then you're dead to me!" Not that I'm bitter at all about this!

Lee's I'm not a Captain, you're not a Commander, etc is one of my favorite lines of the series. I actually got a chill the first time I heard Jamie deliver the line. It just told me so much about the character, who he was and who he would yet be.

i;ll say that another favorite of mine form this episode is the "he;s your son"/"he's your adviser" exchange. they're like divorced parents disapproving the same thing in their kid.

Heh. They really are. Though I'd argue Laura actually seems proud of Lee whereas Adama is, well, being Adama! It also reminds me a bit of my friend when her daughter is doing something she shouldn't. She'll turn to her husband and say, "Do you see what your daughter is doing." :)
anamarya From: anamarya Date: July 18th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
sorry for the late reply. apparently internet is on short supply in some cities.


As much as I hated the way Adama treated his son, he was an equal opportunity jackass who treated EVERYONE he supposedly loved badly. Yes, he's all, "You need to choose a side. Oh, wait. You didn't choose mine? Well, then you're dead to me!" Not that I'm bitter at all about this!


totally in agreement with you here. i wasn't trying to imply that Adama did that only with Lee but i was focused on that because this episode sort of asked for it.


Heh. They really are. Though I'd argue Laura actually seems proud of Lee whereas Adama is, well, being Adama! It also reminds me a bit of my friend when her daughter is doing something she shouldn't. She'll turn to her husband and say, "Do you see what your daughter is doing." :)

hehe. they reminded me of my parents when i have that sort of an argument with them. like last year when i started to explain about prices for a new house and stuff. and they had the same faces - the ones screaming - you let her study this stuff in the first place. but i'm getting out of topic a little.

yes, Laura seems proud. in a strange way not only here but in Crossroads also. she doesn't particularly like what he's saying/doing but in a sort of strange way she's still proud that he's defending his ideas.
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asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 16th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC) (Link Me)
It's interesting to see the love for this episode and discover it was a turning point for others as well. I started watching with '33' (I caught an edited version of the mini on NBC repeated the weekend before the series premiere on SciFi), so my involvement in fandom was delayed. I know many already loved Lee (and Lee/Kara) by the time Season 1 debuted. And talking about BSG in depth didn't happen for me until some time later. So, it's really nice to be able to share my love of this ep years later. :)
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asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 16th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Self-pimping is always allowed! Especially when it involves Lee Adama! ;)

I was amused at a) how many of the same caps we used (great minds!) and b) similar comments we made. Oh, and though it wasn't about Lee, I LOVED this remark:

And I'm not going to lie, much of my early season Adama hate comes from how he treats Lee (later seasons I hate him all on his own merits).

HEE! YES! I only grew to hate ONE character on BSG and it's Adama. One of my lingering regrets about the show is Ron and the other writers seemed oblivious to how Adama was coming across to the viewers.
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: July 14th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I think I made a noise only seals could hear and slid off the sofa the first time I saw the you can have democracy or you can have this bullet scene.
scifishipper From: scifishipper Date: July 15th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I loved reading this episode review and laughed out loud so many times! I feel the Lee-love coming through loud and clear. He's hard not to love and adore. <3<3<3
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: July 15th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC) (Link Me)
"Does Lee Adama have to choke a bitch?"

That is the best line! I love that you wrote that!!!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 16th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hee. I wavered on that one so glad to hear you liked it.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: July 15th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC) (Link Me)
In a society that is just barely holding on by an unraveling thread, he wants to maintain the rule of law and preserve democracy. He wants everyone to remember who and what they were before the Cylons tried to wipe humanity from existence.

THIS. This is the fundamental reason why I want to flick people who bitch about Lee as a character right between the eyeballs. Despite having his own baggage, he doesn't have quite the edgy, ragey baggage that some other characters on the show have but that doesn't mean he isn't an interesting character, and a really really valuable character. RDM rightly notes in the roundtable podcast that as the strong-willed idealist, Lee is the hardest character to play on the show, and obviously he realizes that in the many plotlines they sought to explore and develop crowded the playing field such that it only made it harder, both for Lee's character arc and for Jamie. Which makes his performance that much more wonderful.

Also, it's worth pointing out that this aspect of his character was there FROM THE BEGINNING, and is a perfect starting point for understanding why taking him out of the cockpit and putting him into the Quorum was less out of left field than it was made out to be. It's downright logical, in a sense, if you contrast it with the bits of his "Crossroads Pt. 2" monologue where he goes on about the fleet making their own laws and justice now. Did Lee's political life really get a chance to flourish in the show? No. I think we really needed five seasons for that to happen, so that we could see him take his rightful place as Laura's protege. (I don't ship Lee/Laura, nor Lee/Kara - I don't really ship anybody, but I deeply wish we would have had a more uniform, well-constructed arc where he started out with this fundamental mentor relationship, whereby she presented him with an intriguing, alternate philosophy and career path to his father's, yet he stuck with the uniform for a long time until circumstances eventually put him where he was really best suited all along.)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 16th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Also, it's worth pointing out that this aspect of his character was there FROM THE BEGINNING, and is a perfect starting point for understanding why taking him out of the cockpit and putting him into the Quorum was less out of left field than it was made out to be.

YES! While I would agree Lee's transition from pilot to Caprica delegate could have been smoother and more fleshed out, I ALWAYS knew the day would come when Lee would stop being a pilot and enter the political arena.

In the same vein, I don't understand people's anger over a certain aspect of the series finale (which I hate to mention for those who haven't seen the entire series yet). I'd argue Six laid it all out from day one.
From: thingy356 Date: July 15th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Jamie & Mary

There are some great clips of Jamie & Mary on Youtube from MegaCon 2007. My favourite exchange is as follows;

Man in the audience;- "Your relationship with Adama has really grown and changed."

Mary;- "Which Adama?"

The audience laughs and Jamie nearly falls out of his chair

Mary:- " I don't know what's gotten into me today. I wanna make him blush. I love the colour of his sweater. It goes right upto his eyes." (the sweater is pink)

Jamie;- " I think it clashes when I blush."

Man in the audience;- "That would be Admiral Adama."

Jamie;- "One day I'll be Admiral. Just wait ! "

Mary;- "......and I'll be ninety."



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asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 16th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Jamie & Mary

I was there! AND I got to talk to Mary about Lee/Laura the next day. For the record, she was all for it. Love her! :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Jamie & Mary

Of course she was all for it! He's HOT!!! What woman in her right mind wouldn't be?
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